Italians throw birthday bash for the guv


November 13, 1992|By SYLVIA BADGER

Gov. William Donald Schaefer's love affair with members of the Italian community was never more evident than at a birthday party for him Monday evening. I can't think of anything that could perk up the guv's spirits better than 1,300 people singing happy birthday and two standing ovations in one evening.

The party was given by a birthday committee led by Tony Piccinini (state Sen. Janice Piccinini's dad) and Carl Julio. (I hear the committee originally got together to form an Italian political action committee that would have backed people it wanted elected, like Schaefer for mayor again. However, I'm told those ideas are on a back burner, for awhile.)

Others on the committee, who made the evening a success, were Dan Zaccagnini, who did a good job emceeing the TTC festivities, Dominic Averza, Frank Battaglia, Judge Frank Cicone, Nicholas DeTorie Jr., Michael DiLiello Sr., Ottavio Grande, Al Flora, John Guerriero, Nick Mangione, Ray Marocco Sr., Guy Matricciani Sr., Bob Pascal, Jay Pecora, Vincent Pipitone Sr., Paul Russo, Judge Francis Valle and Mario VillaSanta.

Zim Zemeral's big band sounds were enjoyed by the governor's cousins Anita Kienzle and Anna May Gaigler, and Judge Mary Arabian, Karen and Naomi Connolly, Joanna Meyers, Liz Cardinale, Marie Henderson, Charles LaMason, Allen Quille and many more.* Mary Jo Pons, chairman of the Board of the Radio Reading Network of Maryland, wants the world to know her organization was selected as the recipient of a $50,000 award from the UPS Foundation, the charitable arm of United Parcel Service.

She and her horse trainer husband, Joe, joined Mayor Kurt Schmoke, UPS district manager Bill Scott; Reading Network production manager Robert Lewis, and his wife, Sheila; and 150 UPS drivers for breakfast yesterday morning at its Catonsville garage.

Pons praised UPS and her 300 volunteers, who arrive at the Community College of Baltimore each week to read newspapers, books and magazines to the visually impaired or those physically unable to read. The large donation will enable the reading network to buy new broadcasting and listening equipment.

* Lori Williamson, wife of Orioles pitcher Mark, has agreed to be the honorary chair of the Johns Hopkins Children's Center's 10th annual telethon on WMAR-TV. She'll oversee fund-raising events that will culminate June 5 and 6 with a 21-hour live telethon broadcast.

Last year, the Orioles Wives organization, under Lori's leadership, raised $48,000 from the Cruise for Kids and $80,000

from the Wives Sports Auction at Camden Yards.

High energy best describes lunch at Champagne Tony's with morning team Bruce Kelly and Schelby Sweeney; Todd Fisher, program director; Chuck Sapienza, producer, and (the very-late-for-lunch) WBSB-FM station general manager Jim Fox. They were still in high spirits from a good morning show, which included a touching broadcast from the Vietnam Memorial and a short telephone chat with Bill Clinton's mother.

Kelly, who comes to us from Phoenix, is happy to be in Baltimore because he'll get to see more of his children and other members of his family who live in the area.

Champagne Tony's on Light Street in South Baltimore serves delicious food, sans champagne, until it can get a liquor license. Grilled chicken a la Caesar salad and stuffed shells held forth at our table, followed by cannoli and a divine three-layer cheesecake.

* There's one week left to donate a used, but usable, coat to the WBALCoats for Kids project. All you have to do is take the coats to a dry cleaner that has a "Coats for Kids" poster in the window, and it will do the rest.

Don't forget that adult-size jackets will fit teen-agers. From Nov. 30-Dec. 6, the clean, repaired coats will be given to needy children.

* The Baltimore Cancer Support Group is having its second annual fund-raiser, in memory of Susan Tumminello, at Martin's Eastwind at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 20. This is a labor of love for Alex Tarasco, corporate vice president of Martin's Inc., and his wife, Gina, who is chairing the event, because Tumminello was Gina's mother. Call Joanne at (410) 686-8500 or Gina at (410) 876-3296 for $50 tickets.

* It's time for Art '92, the third annual Art Exhibit and Sale to benefit the Baltimore Choral Arts Society. This year's event will be held at the Conference Center at Sheppard and Enoch Pratt Hospital and will showcase the works of 25 regional artists such as George Wills, Linda Press, Bennard Perlman, Raoul Middleman, Betsey Heuisler, Penny Harris and Donna Graul.

There's an opening night party, which costs $40 a ticket, Nov. 20 with the artists. For more information, call (410) 523-7070.

* The first annual "Diamond Ball at Camden Yards" to benefit the Randy Milligan Charitable Fund is set for Jan. 23 at the Camden Club. Randy and his wife, ReNee, are chairing the fund-raiser, which will honor Harlow Fullwood and James Rouse for contributions that have improved the lives of Baltimore children.

Jada Pinkett, Baltimore native and star of NBC's hit series, "A Different World," is expected to attend. Call (410) 576-4883 to reserve tickets -- $75 for the black-tie dinner party/celebrity sports auction.

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